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Forum: Fish Today, 12:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 92
Posted By Diana
If you feel you need to sterilize things like...

If you feel you need to sterilize things like this remove them from the tank, wipe them down with bleach, then soak in a bucket with a double dose of dechlor before returning them to the tank. Be...
Forum: Substrate Today, 12:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 125
Posted By Diana
Only the finest stuff gets through, and this is...

Only the finest stuff gets through, and this is so fine I cannot really see particles, just tinted water.

To clean this use a gravel vac with the oval intake. Angle it so that only 1/4 to 1/3 of...
Forum: Substrate Today, 12:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 138
Posted By Diana
The 'live bacteria' is just hype. I would dry the...

The 'live bacteria' is just hype. I would dry the substrate then put it in a bucket.
If you intend using it within a few weeks (you know, go get that other tank you want!) then you could actually...
Forum: Equipment Today, 12:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,692
Posted By Diana
I like that. Simple, clean looking. The intake...

I like that. Simple, clean looking.
The intake is very impressive. Plenty of holes spread out so that debris will take a long time to cause problems.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 94
Posted By Diana
Here is the fishless cycle with comments about...

Here is the fishless cycle with comments about planting.

Do not go through a 'Huge' ammonia and nitrite spike. Do enough water changes to keep these under about 5 ppm. The bacteria you are trying...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 115
Posted By Diana
If the tank is cycling over (mini or full cycle)...

If the tank is cycling over (mini or full cycle) you WANT to do water changes to keep the toxins (ammonia, nitrite) low to minimize injury to the fish.

Very little nitrifying bacteria live in the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 315
Posted By Diana
Adding fish may or may not help. Adding...

Adding fish may or may not help.

Adding fish food helps.

Since most people increase the food when they add fish, it appears that it is the fish.

Really, it is the nitrogen in the food (in...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Today, 12:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By Diana
Good point. Betta splendens will kill the...

Good point. Betta splendens will kill the females. There are some 'other' Betta species that are OK kept together, but you will have to research which ones, how many, and what tank size gives them...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 97
Posted By Diana
I know there are sites with calculations for...

I know there are sites with calculations for this, lets see if I can find them...

Bump: The first 2 are simple calculators. The last is more of an engineering and background sort of page.
...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 605
Posted By Diana
Plants from a tank or system that had fish or...

Plants from a tank or system that had fish or other livestock will bring in a fair amount of nitrifying bacteria. Good luck!

I still want to know what the GH and KH are. pH, too.
These bacteria...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 292
Posted By Diana
Add one of the water treatments that includes a...

Add one of the water treatments that includes a chelator like EDTA or similar. This will help lock up several minerals that may be components of the 'blue-goo'.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 115
Posted By Diana
Since the water changes are helping I would...

Since the water changes are helping I would continue doing them.

Fish gasping at the surface is a sign they are not getting oxygen, but it can be from several reasons, including ammonia burn to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 90
Posted By Diana
DIY is a reasonable choice on that tank size. ...

DIY is a reasonable choice on that tank size.
Increasing the Excel won't be very expensive, either.

You might target a few of the regular doses right into the mass of BBA and see if that...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 83
Posted By Diana
Test the water. Ammonia? That would kill the...

Test the water. Ammonia? That would kill the fish. If one or two fish had a problem with the water change, and died, that might trigger something like this.

If the new water had something...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 11:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Posted By Diana
They could be a plant that is native to the...

They could be a plant that is native to the western US, or some of its relatives.
Arctostaphyllos is the botanical name, Manzanita (Spanish for 'little apple') is the common name. There are many...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By Diana
Do some research with words like Mouth Fungus,...

Do some research with words like Mouth Fungus, but I have seen something like that but it was bacterial. Looked like a perfect round pimple. Responded to Triple Sulfa, sold as a fish antibiotic.
...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 87
Posted By Diana
Clown Loaches seem to have a habit of punching...

Clown Loaches seem to have a habit of punching holes in larger leaves.
While most are not diggers, I had one that must have thought he wanted to go home to Asia. He found the bottom of the tank,...
Forum: Fish Yesterday, 01:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 154
Posted By Diana
Make sure there is only one male rainbow. These...

Make sure there is only one male rainbow. These guys seem more aggressive than the other Rainbows. I have seen the males attack each other, and harass the females to death. (They are VERY difficult...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 01:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By Diana
If you are concerned about how much sodium you...

If you are concerned about how much sodium you are using you can also use potassium bicarbonate. I think it is sold as some sort of vitamin supplement, but I got mine from a bag sold as agricultural...
Forum: Substrate Yesterday, 01:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By Diana
Also, in nature soil is being replaced as floods...

Also, in nature soil is being replaced as floods happen, and the old soil gets washed down the river and new soil takes its place.

You are right that a soil with a high CEC will recharge with...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 605
Posted By Diana
You are right to question it. If the bacteria...

You are right to question it.
If the bacteria are not growing in the tank from natural sources (just falling in the tank) then the same bacteria, added from a bottle are probably not going to...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 437
Posted By Diana
Brown stuff is Diatoms, may be called Brown...

Brown stuff is Diatoms, may be called Brown Algae.
Some fish eat it (Otocinclus).
Keep wiping it off and eventually it will go away. Best, fastest is to get some Otos.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 158
Posted By Diana
A couple of degrees (F or C) is usually OK. More...

A couple of degrees (F or C) is usually OK. More than that is not so good, but it depends on the fish. If you are filling slow enough that the new water is blending well with the tank water you might...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion Yesterday, 12:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 166
Posted By Diana
To build a vertical wall you can approach it a...

To build a vertical wall you can approach it a couple of ways.

1) Natural rock. Select only the very flattest rock, often sold for stepping stones. Get a brick chisel or cold chisel, or just hit...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-24-2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 207
Posted By Diana
pH is not a stand alone value. You also need to...

pH is not a stand alone value. You also need to test for everything else in the water, but the big one that goes along with pH is the KH.

Here is how I handle this:

1) Set the GH to suit the...
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